Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Nov 2007 16:46 UTC, submitted by Luis
AMD AnandTech takes a look at AMD's new Phenom. "If you were looking for a changing of the guard today it's just not going to happen. Phenom is, clock for clock, slower than Core 2 and the chips aren't yet yielding well enough to boost clock speeds above what Intel is capable of. While AMD just introduced its first 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz quad-core CPUs today, Intel previewed its first 3.2GHz quad-core chips. We were expecting Intel to retain the high end performance crown, but also expected AMD to chip away at the lower end of the quad-core market - today's launch confirms that Intel is still the king of the quad-core market."
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RE[2]: low yields
by chipace on Tue 20th Nov 2007 20:00 UTC in reply to "RE: low yields"
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Unfortunately AMD is a company run by engineers who are unwilling to acknowledge when a cool idea is not worth persuing because the benefits promised cannot offset the risks it entails taking a more complex path.

The Athlon X2 didn't perform better than Intel's P4D, but that went on to be a huge success for AMD.

Phenom, for me, is about having four cores available yet paying the power price of a single core when in idle. Cool-n-quiet 2.0 has not been delivered yet, and I look forward to those power numbers. Supposedly, Barcelona and Phenom have 4 on-die PLLs and power islands to allow for this low power mode.

Also, AMD cpu motherboards are usually cheaper than Intel ones... this could affect sales.

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